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The Bacuri is the fruit of the bacurizeiro (Platoniainsignis Mart.), leafy tree, reaching up to 35 meters height and magnificent when covered with pink, red or more rarely whiteflowers.It has rigid, green, smooth and shiny leaves.This tree is native from the Amazon region and has as its birthplacethe state of Pará. Perhaps, this is why the bacurizeiro fruit has a great acceptance among the consumers from Belém, capital of the state of Pará, together with these other rainforest fruits: açaí, cupuaçu and pupunha.

Estimations indicate that in 2000, seven millions of fruits were sold in the city of Belém, worth a total value of U$ 1.61 million at that time. Unfortunately the fruit production is resulting almost entirely from theextraction activity since the orchards of this speciesare really rare. This is due to the low pulp yield and to the difficulties in propagation during the period of juvenility of the tree which can take more than 10 years to start giving fruits especially when propagatedby seeds. So there is no surprise that the frozen pulp of bacuri has a high price regardless of the time of the year when compared with other similar tropical fruits.


 

A lthough the Platoniainsignis species is better known as a fruit tree, the bacurizeiro also features wood with good physico-mechanical properties and multiplicity of uses and can be used in the manufacturing of furniture, rafters, slats, battens, sticks and heavy packaging. Besides the possibilities as a fruit and timber tree, its seeds can be used for oil extraction giving another byproduct: brans with 16% protein.

The bacuri is a unilocular berry with a rounded, oval or flattened shape, weighing an average of 300 grams. It has an average of two to four seeds and may on rare occasions features up to six or no seed. Besides large seeds, the bacuri has a resinous yellowish peel, relatively thick, that represents more than half the weight of the fruit. Only 10% to 15% of the fruit weight corresponds to the pulp which is whitish and has a rather exotic sweet taste and smellthat rapidly spreads in the air. It yields fruits from December to April.

The bacuri is widely used in the preparation of juices, ice creams, creams, jams, soft drinks, liqueurs, pies, cakes and assorted fillings, mousses, candies and more, but it isalso appreciated ¨in natura¨ by the local population.

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